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LOFT

This Friday sees the first instalment of MEGALAST, our brand new extravaganza from J. Aria + Ni-Ku! Expect extreme bass, acidic explorations and alien club music. Headlining this experimental, abrasive, uncompromising and trip-inducing experience is LOFT (Astral Plane)!

Following their first release in 2016, the queer Mancunian producer has been quickly making waves. With their mixes encompassing rave birthed drum programming, experimental electronics and kylie edits, their style is renowned for its uniqueness.  Having featured in both Crack Magazine and Mixmag, as well as an EP with the label Wisdom Teeth and contributions to the Astral Plane compilation, LOFT is trailblazing the experimental music scene. More recently, LOFT was given the ultimate seal of approval: Björk selected their track Funemployed alongside the most innovative artists in the game, including Arca and Kelela, in her Mixmag cover mix

We caught up with the experimental producer to chat about their performative DJ sets, their experience of being visibly queer in the nightlife scene and what we can expect from Friday!

 


 

 

Oh hey LOFT, we are SO excited to have you at Dalston Superstore! If our readers aren’t acquainted, can you tell us a little bit about you?

Hello hi friends , I am Joeli and I do the LOFT thing. I’ve been doing it since I was about 14. I make stuff that has the privilege of Wisdom Teeth and Astral Plane Recordings’ love, support and distribution networks.

You’ve been making music since you were 14?! That is quite awhile! Do you have any highlights to your DJ career so far?

Playing in a pub in Lancaster for the drummer of my dad’s best friend’s new krautrock excursion ; playing at a club in Athens where people don’t show up until 2AM at the earliest ; playing in the home HQ safe haven that is The White Hotel on numerous occasions with only the best lineups.

 

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You must have been introduced to some talented DJs, do you take inspiration from anyone?

I’m big into feedback loops , I like listening to Ariana acapella tracks , I’m honoured to be surrounded by people as talented as Anastassia Radtsenko IceBoy Violet, Acre, Forrest Lloyd ,Hesska MICHAELBRAILEY, Szare ; Manchester is fertile atm.

You’re known for having a really unique mixing style, how did you develop this and what is your process in choosing tracks and creating new pieces?

When I was 17 I was a vinyl purist , I’ve done a lot of live “ controllerist “ live sets . I hope I can offer something more dynamic than either of the above these days . Honestly I’m just scrambling for the next tune that will make any ( or no ) sense against the preceding track . 

 

There seems to be almost a theatrical element about you at the decks. Did you intend to integrate performance into your sets?

I get drunk and write poems sometimes and occasionally I perform these to an audience . My main aspiration is to make people feel so included that tears roll from their little eyes . 

Queer Femme producers are at the forefront of the Manchester electronic music scene at the moment, with Castles in the Sky seeming to be paving the way. Have you found solidarity and support through other queers at the top of the game?

Yes absolutely, I would argue that queerness requires no explicity and as such most of the people that have chosen to work with me over the last couple years are at least “ queer sympathisers “ . Love and support is strongest feeling I get from everyone I work with. 

How have you experienced being visibly queer in the nightlife//club scene?

Y’no what ? it’s been alright , sure I experience some weird stereotyping and code switching ( I always find it funny when someone’s like “ Oh honneeeeyyyy “ and I’m ale drunk and respond in a fairly deep northern vernacular ) but within my surrounding club culture I feel pretty safe . The bad shit happens outside of that . 

 

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From your experience playing around the UK and abroad, how do you think queer nightlife can be improved?

More queer spaces in cities outside London . Manchester has a huge gay scene but , as I’m sure we all know , queer =/= gay . BOYGIRL we building it .

So, what would your queer-utopia look like? 

Cop out answer : I couldn’t possibly comprehend . I’d make a comment about it requiring the pursuit of each individual’s ideals but that sounds a bit Randian now doesn’t it ?!

Finally, what can we expect from your premier DJ set at DSS?

Fun , tears , hugging each other , maybe a couple minutes white noise .Honestly I’m so honoured to have been invited.

 


Catch LOFT at MegaLast: LOFT, KRY, NI-KU, ELLES + J.ARIA this Friday at Dalston Superstore 9pm-3am!

 

Justin Robertson Speaks To Homodrop

This Saturday we welcome back the Homodrop crew to both floors of Dalston Superstore, and this time they’re bringing a special guest with them in the shape of Superstore fave Justin Robertson! Ahead of the party they caught up with Justin to find out more about what he’s been up to lately, what records he’s been buying and what’s in store for 2015…

By Florian Dovillez

You’ve done a lot of remixes and productions – which are your favourite remixes and artists you’ve worked with?

That’s very hard to say really, I’ve been so lucky to have been given the opportunity to work with some amazing artists… if I was pushed I’d have to say Bjork for such an immense voice. I’m also pretty happy with my Chicken Lips remix, and in terms of some of the more recent ones, I’m very happy with Cheval Sombre and The Asphodells . I always think the last thing I did is the best thing ever, but I must say I’m quite happy with the psychedelic direction I’m heading in.

Since the beginning of your career in 1991, you must have seen an evolution of the electro scene. What shocked you? What do you like? What are your thoughts about the shape of the global electronic music scene right now?

I think in terms of music things are better now than ever before, there is soooo much amazing stuff being produced. I’m not one to complain about the bounty of modern music production, sure there’s a lot of nonsense, but the gems far outweigh the trash. The only thing I’ve always found hard to swallow is the deification of DJs, it’s such a nonsense… in the early days of club culture the DJ was a director, a figure maybe of respect, but very much part of a collective experience, not a ‘star’ in a rock n roll sense, that’s what made acid house such a different movement. Perhaps it’s just too idealistic of me to think money wouldn’t ultimately dictate the direction of dance music, but there are enough idealists out there keeping it fresh and exciting.

I hold that the dance music revolution remains the most significant development in popular music ever… much more so than say punk because it changed how we listen to and create music. It united people like no other musical movement, and opened up a well of associated creativity. In an information age like now, we can filter the nonsense out for ourselves, there is so much choice, and high quality choice, that we need not worry too much about the rubbish; I just ignore it.

Why is it important to distinguish between your different aliases? Artistically speaking, what mainly are the differences between them?

I think I use different names so that I don’t commodify myself, I don’t like the idea of being a “brand”; it’s a horrible way to talk about music. I think it’s also because I enjoy making up band names and identities, it’s a teenage rock n roll fantasy hangover! 

In musical terms I’m not sure if they mean much. I think there is variety within each project; taking in songs, club bangers, and dubby ambience… it depends on what mood I’m in!

Which “DROP” of tracks would you include in your set for HOMODROP ?

I’m loving a lot of the Nein Records stuff, also Chris Massey’s stuff is great. I  also have a few new bits of my own which I think the kids might dig, plus some jackers old and new.

What was the last vinyl you bought? 

I recently spent an afternoon in a freezing shack in Sweden digging for records. I was particularly pleased with Bo Hansson’s Sagan Om Ringen, basically a far out interpretation of Lord Of The Rings! Much better than it sounds.

What’s next for you?

I have a brand new Deadstock 33s album, called Everything Is Turbulence out in the first part of the year, and I’m finishing off an ambient project for release some time after that. I’ve also got an exhibition of some of my paintings in February, so I’m looking to do a few events with an artistic element! And there’s quite a few remixes and a spot of song writing, so yes just making stuff in various forms.

Join Justin for Homodrop this Saturday 10th January at Dalston Superstore from 9pm – 4am.

B*TCHES BEHIND BARZ

By Elles Pinfold

It’s no wonder pop’s princesses need to blow off steam once in a while. The poor loves occupy a tumultuous world where fabulous wealth and fabulous shoes are offset with an unending flow of patronizing open-letters, sweaty-palmed iCloud hackings and damned if you do/damned if you don’t surgery decisions. The kind of steam that result in an orange boiler-suit (shout to part-time pop queen all-time actress LiLo who is barely out of one). You know, from that time you indulged in a public brawl, concealed class A’s in the walls of your mansion or simply took the Escalade for a spin doped up on prescription painkillers? We’ve all been there right? Right. 

While of course we’d never condone dangerous or illegal activity, sometimes it’s real hard to be a woman.  This month Tribute Tuesdays salutes our wayward sisters. From the ones who need a hug to the ones who just don’t give a fuck.  

Here’s five of our mad & bad & dangerous faves in no particular order…

Cheryl Cole – Fight For This Love

It’s hard to believe these days, with her flawlessly rehearsed butter-wouldn’t-melt immaculately PR’d people’s princess X Factor schitck, that La Fernandez-Versini (nee Tweedy, formerly Cole) was once the owner of an over-plucked eyebrow and a mean left hook.  One would imagine that although toilet attendant Sophie Amogbokpa’s face has long since recovered from its manicured pounding, she probably doesn’t tune in on a Saturday night to admire Chez’s plasticky L’Oreal ombre.

TLC – No Scrubs

Before her untimely death in 2002, TLC’s Lisa Left Eye Lopez was a not-to-be-messed-with force of nature with a penchant for criminal damage, whose rich pop tapestry included burning down her football player boyfriend Andre Rison’s house in 1994 and recording a single with Mel C in 2000.  

Bjork – Violently Happy

Back in the halcyon days of the mid ’90s Bjork was hanging out in the Milk Bar, nailing style, making seminal records and punching photographers who got on the wrong side of her.  Heaven help the pap who ignores the privacy wishes of this brilliant woman. 

Britney Spears – Crazy

Transitioning from child-star to balanced functioning adult is a near impossible task, and no-one knows this better than Madame Spears. In 2008 she was arrested over a custodial dispute with her ex-husband K-Fed, an event which followed her infamous head-shave in 2007 and a management orchestrated drug raid of her home that unearthed crystal meth behind a trap door. All of which screamed BRITNEY NEEDS SOME HELP GUYS.  And maybe a lifetime of whale-song punctuated public-eye free solitude. Not: Britney needs to be a judge on American X Factor and a career re-launch. Which succeeded in being the uncomfortable coda to her downward spiral in 2012.  

Grace Jones – Love Is The Drug

It’s perhaps no surprise a woman as fearless and uncompromising as Grace Jones has had a brush or two with the law. But although she’s not been without difficult times Jones is far from the Hollywood-victim sterotype. Her court  testimony during a 1989 charge of cocaine possession?  “I don’t do drugs.” Of course. Ahem. The Jamaican pop queen has since been much more open about her use of substances professing a love of weed and LSD. 

Join Tribute Tuesdays tomorrow night (Tuesday 9th September) for B*tches Behind Barz at Dalston Superstore from 8pm – late.